Connect with us
NOT IN USE

People & Lifestyle

The Ameyaw Debrah Personality of 2018

Published

on

2018 has been an exciting year with many highlights. And as we count down to 2019, Ameyaw Debrah Media presents our personality of the year for 2018.

The Ameyaw Debrah Personlity of 2018
The Ameyaw Debrah Personlity of 2018

Unlike the previous year that we had Stonebwoy as our personality of the year, this time we have selected a group of individuals, who in their small ways made big impact on people, communities, and industries. Yes, amazing people in various fields from business to technology and showbiz. 

https://youtu.be/PjKJE0KfAwk

Fuse ODG

Fuse ODG 2
Fuse ODG

UK-based Ghanaian Afro-Pop singer Fuse ODG opened the year on a good note when he won a Grammy Award for his co-writing credits on Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ album, which won the nod for ‘Best Pop Vocal Album‘.

He spent part of the year also advocating on a number of issues including racist advertising. He followed up his 2017 fight against such discriminatory ads (which resulted in Nivea pulling down some of its billboards in Ghana) by launching a black doll brand for black girls to value and love their skin. 

The musician strongly believes, African parents having dolls made to represent their skin colour will ignite the feeling of self-love and ensure their kids appreciate their race while they grow into adults.

According to him, the lack of black dolls indirectly and directly promotes a self-hate agenda where Africans feel they are “not adequate or good enough to be replicated in the least kind of format”.

Fuse ODG in 2018 also launched the This Is New Africa (TINA) Festival, which aims at promoting Afrobeats music and culture, would also serve as a catalyst for boosting tourism and investment in Ghana.

The TINA Festival programs which kick off from January 2019 will feature some of Africa’s leading artists, musicians and thought leaders including H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, Political Activist, Samia Nkrumah, BBC Broadcaster, Reggie Yates, Actress/Producer, Ama K Abebrese,Media Personality and Entrepreneur, Bola Ray, and musicians Sarkodie, SteffLondon, Joey B, and Lethal Bizzle.

Jeffrey Kwabena Yeboah

Jeffrey Kwabena Yeboah
Jeffrey Kwabena Yeboah

Jeffrey Kwabena Yeboah, a final year student of the University Of Ghana, Legon  left many stunned after transforming used tyres into beautiful household furniture.

His Ripples Interior Décor business is an Eco-entrepreneurship business of making stunning interior and exterior decor pieces out of recycled car tyres. From center tables, coffee tables and more, Jeffery is helping fight against climate change and showcasing how Made In Ghana products can compete on the international market.

Sophia Safia Sulemana

Sophia Safia Sulemana
Sophia Safia Sulemana

Sophia Safia Sulemana is a midwife at the Kunkwa Health Centre who helped a pregnant woman successfully deliver her baby while on board a bus. Sophia Safia Sulemana was on board an Accra-Bolgatanga bus when the pregnant woman complained of feeling pains. Upon realizing that the woman was due for delivery, Ms. Sulemana used all her experience to ensure that both baby and mother came through safely. 

A tale of a modern-day Superwoman is told of how Sophia improvised, using polythene bags as gloves to receive the baby, and got a razor blade from a passenger to cut the umbilical cord of the baby. She  also pulled out a string from a sack to tie the cord. She was subsequently honoured by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana (N&MC), for her heroic act.

Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu

Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu
Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu

Ghanaian engineer Dr Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu was widely praised for his role in building NASA’s latest spacecraft to land on Mars. The New York Times reported that the spacecraft is expected to study the Mars’ underworld, listening for mars quakes and seeking clues about the dusty world’s formation. 

Dr. Trebi-Ollennu is the team lead for InSight at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge, California, United States.  The Ghanaian designed the robotic arm, which will dig deep beneath the surface of the planet to see explore how it was formed.

Dr. Samuel Ofori

Dr. Samuel Ofori
Dr. Samuel Ofori

Chief Superintendent Dr. Samuel Ofori made the headlines in 2018 when he helped save the life of a passenger on board a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Accra. The Ghanaian doctor teamed up with another German doctor, Prof. Manfred Spitznas, to save a lady who collapsed on board the flight. 

The passenger eventually lost consciousness after vomiting, palpitating and sweating – all severe allergic reactions to the gluten in the in-flight dish.

The flight, KL 0589, had been delayed for nearly two hours at Schipol Airport, Amsterdam, due in part to poor weather conditions in Amsterdam. 

Another passenger on the flight had also been bleeding before take off. By the time the passenger who was suffering from bleeding was taken care of and the weather cleared up, passengers had been grounded for nearly three hours on the tarmac.

Richard Akoto Appiah

Richard Akoto Appiah
Richard Akoto Appiah

When Richard Akoto Appiah, a 34-year-old who teaches at Betenase M/A Junior High School in the town of Sekyedomase, posted photos of how he takes his pupils through ICT lessons on Facebook, the photos going viral. 

International media firms like the CNN and BBC featured him, as his story became known across the globe. The teacher was also invited to attend this year’s Microsoft Education Exchange, after which he led a donation of computers and other leaning equipment to the Betenase M/A Junior High School. 

Captain Solomon Quainoo 

Ameyaw Debrah with Captain Solomon Quainoo
Ameyaw Debrah with Captain Solomon Quainoo

Ghanaian pilot, Captain Solomon Quainoo flew the first ever Airbus 380 (the biggest passenger aircraft in the world) to Accra. The Emirate one off flight was part of the official commissioning of the new Terminal 3 at the Kotoka International Airport.

https://youtu.be/eReYhCy0SEk

Educated at the Koforidua Secondary Technical and the University of Ghana, his career spans about 14 years with seven and half of it with Emirates Airlines.

Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei

Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei
Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei

Chief Superintendent of Police, Mrs. Phyllis Ama Tebuah Osei was awarded by the United Nations Police Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations for her commitment and impart in policing. 

According to the UN, her contributions to enhancing the protection of women and girls, as well as her initiatives to promote women rights in the host state police, embody the spirit of the Award and embrace the values of international policing. 

]]>
Advertisement

People & Lifestyle

How to Be More Confident on Camera as a Youtuber

Published

on

hqdefault

CONFIDENCE is very important. The more confident you appear, the more viewers will listen to you. (more…)

Continue Reading

People & Lifestyle

Graduate who went viral for begging for a job with a placard says he’s received 50 offers since

Published

on

FW6b 5hWAAEkvtn 1

Isaac Kwame Addae, a young unemployed graduate who took to the streets with a placard, looking for a job, says he  has been offered opportunities by at least  50 different firms. (more…)

Continue Reading

People & Lifestyle

Meta’s AI AI machine translation research helps break language barriers

Published

on

NLLB 1

Today, Meta announced that it has built and open sourced ‘No Language Left Behind’ NLLB-200, a single AI model that is the first to translate across 200 different languages, including 55 African languages with state-of-the-art results. Meta is using the modelling techniques and learnings from the project to improve and extend translations on Facebook, Instagram, and Wikipedia.

 

In an effort to develop high-quality machine translation capabilities for most of the world’s low-resource languages, this single AI model was designed with a focus on African languages. They are challenging from a machine translation perspective. AI models require lots and lots of data to help them learn, and there’s not a lot of human translated training data for these languages. For example, there’s more than 20M people who speak and write in Luganda but examples of this written language are extremely difficult to find on the internet.

 

We worked with professional translators for each of these languages to develop a reliable benchmark which can automatically assess translation quality for many low-resource languages. We also work with professional translators to do human evaluation too, meaning people who speak the languages natively evaluate what the AI produced. The reality is that a handful of languages dominate the web, so only a fraction of the world can access content and contribute to the web in their own language. We want to change this by creating more inclusive machine translations systems – ones that unlock access to the web for the more than 4B people around the world that are currently excluded because they do not speak one of the few languages content is available in.

Read Also: Impressive! Ghanaian Rapper Dr. Pushkin Releases New App & Book ahead of “Outlandish” Album

“It’s impressive how much AI is improving all of our services. We just open-sourced an AI model we built that can translate across 200 different languages — many of which aren’t supported by current translation systems. We call this project No Language Left Behind, and the AI modelling techniques we used are helping make high quality translations for languages spoken by billions of people around the world. To give a sense of the scale, the 200-language model has over 50 billion parameters, and we trained it using our new Research SuperCluster, which is one of the world’s fastest AI supercomputers. The advances here will enable more than 25 billion translations every day across our apps. Communicating across languages is one superpower that AI provides, but as we keep advancing our AI work it’s improving everything we do — from showing the most interesting content on Facebook and Instagram, to recommending more relevant ads, to keeping our services safe for everyone,” said Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post on his Facebook profile.

 

Language is our culture, identity, and lifeline to the world. However, as high-quality translation tools don’t exist for hundreds of languages, billions of people today can’t access digital content or participate fully in conversations and communities online in their preferred or native languages. This is especially true for hundreds of millions of people who speak the many languages of Africa.

 

“Africa is a continent with very high linguistic diversity, and language barriers exist day to day. We are pleased to announce that 55 African languages will be included in this machine translation research, making it a major breakthrough for our continent,” Balkissa Ide Siddo, Public Policy Director for Africa said while speaking about the launch of the AI model. “In the future, imagine visiting your favourite Facebook group, coming across a post in Igbo or Luganda, and being able to understand it in your own language with just a click of a button – that’s where we hope research like this leads us. Highly accurate translations in more languages could also help to spot harmful content and misinformation, protect election integrity, and curb instances of online sexual exploitation and human trafficking.”

 

While commenting on accessibility and inclusion in the pursuit of building an equitable metaverse, Ide Siddo added “At Meta, we are working today to ensure that as many people as possible will be able to access the new educational, social and economic opportunities that the next evolution of the internet will bring to future technology and an everyday living experience tomorrow.”

 

To confirm that the translations are high quality, Meta also created a new evaluation dataset, FLORES-200, and measured NLLB-200’s performance in each language. Results revealed that NLLB-200 exceeds the previous state of the art by an average of 44 percent.

 

Meta is also open-sourcing the NLLB-200 model and publishing a slew of research tools to enable other researchers to extend this work to more languages and build more inclusive technologies. Meta AI is also providing up to $200,000 of grants to non-profit organizations for real world applications for NLLB-200.

 

There are versions of Wikipedia in more than 300 languages, but most have far fewer articles than the 6+ million available in English. Following Meta’s partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, modelling  techniques and learnings from the NLLB research are now also being applied to translation systems used by Wikipedia editors. Using the Wikimedia Foundation’s Content Translation Tool, articles can now be easily translated in more than 20 low-resource languages (those that don’t have extensive datasets to train AI systems), including 10 that previously were not supported by any machine translation tools on the platform.

 

To explore a demo of NLLB-200 showing how the model can translate stories from around the world, visit here. You can also read the research paper here.

 

 

Continue Reading

People & Lifestyle

I single-handedly popularized Shea Butter in the United States – Margaret Andega

Published

on

shea

According to Margaret Andega, a Kenyan entrepreneur in Atlanta, she was the driving force behind the commercialization of Shea Butter in the US during the late 90s. (more…)

Continue Reading

People & Lifestyle

Ludwig Nii Jr urges information sharing in the creative space

Published

on

Ludwig Nii Jr

Ludwig Nii Jr urges information sharing in the creative space. (more…)

Continue Reading

People & Lifestyle

How are CBD Flowers and CBG Flowers Different?

Published

on

3

CBG flower and CBD flower are two types of flowers that are used for their respective health benefits. CBD flowers are known for their calming and relaxing effects, while CBG flowers are known for relieving pain and inflammation.  (more…)

Continue Reading

Trending